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Core Program Areas

Agriculture Education Emergencies Health HIV and AIDS Microfinance Peacebuilding Water and Sanitation

Cross-Cutting Areas

Capacity Strengthening Climate Change ICT4D IHD Monitoring and Evaluation Youth

Consortium Alignment Framework for Excellence (CAFE)

A workbook designed to help CRS staff and partners improve their ability to form strong consortia that respond to the needs of the most vulnerable and meet donor requirements while strengthening the relationships between agency and partner institutions. The focus of CAFE is to make the managerial, financial, and administrative functions of a consortium effective, efficient, and supportive of project goals, community needs, and donor intent.

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Introduction to CAFE 3
How and Why CAFE Was Developed 4
When and How to Use CAFE 5
CAFE Standards 8
CAFE Reference Sheets 10
CAFE Implementation Guide 18
Glossary 28

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